Introduction to Children in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)


Introduction to Children in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)

This course will enable participants to explore perspectives on children’s rights in emergencies and develop the critical skills to respond in a child-centred way. The course aims to develop the competencies required to effectively meet the needs of children through humanitarian programmes.

In addition, participants will be able to explore two thematic areas to further develop skills required to address the key programming issues in relation to: Child Protection in Emergencies and Education in Emergencies.

What does the course cover?

Thematic areas

This course offers participants the opportunity to apply in-depth focus to thematic areas of:

  • Child Protection in Emergencies

  • Education in Emergencies

The thematic sessions will:

  • Define key terms and definitions and provide a clear justification for the importance of the sector;
  • Idenfity and explain the key actors and coordination mechanisms within the sector;
  • Define the main problem areas in the sector;
  • Explain the main methodologies used in the sector,
  • Explore the most appropriate methodology to construct a programme response.

Course Structure:

Day 1

After registration and introductions, the course will begin with a rationale questioning why to it is important to focus on children in emergencies. Next, you will consider what is a child using established frameworks and definitions. After lunch, you will learn how to communicate effectively with children, before the final session of the day looks at children in standards and codes of conduct.

Day 2

The second day begins with vulnerability analaysis, followed by morning sessions on inclusion and coordination. After the first break you will learn about assessing needs. Child focused disaster risk reduction, Advocacy and communication, and Children in disasters preparedness sessions complete the course this afternoon.

Day 3

On day three you will focus on the thematic subject of Child Protection in Emergencies.

Day 4

On day four you will focus on the thematic subject of Child Education in Emergencies

Day 5

The morning of day five starts with an Introduction to the simulation activity, through until the afternoon break. After that the break you will take part in group presentations and a debrief of the simulation.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale and key principles for addressing the needs of children as a distinct group in emergencies;

  • Describe the implications of the key international frameworks pertaining to children in emergencies;

  • Incorporate child participation into emergency programming;

  • Identify and use the key tools and resources available in order to mainstream children in emergency response programming;

  • Recognise particular vulnerabilities and capacities of different groups of children to improve emergency programming;

  • Consider the key programming factors for children in education, health, nutrition, protection, shelter and WASH;

  • Collaborate effectively with key stakeholders in a humanitarian context;

  • Apply techniques of child programming in a humanitarian response;

  • Involve, and integrate the needs of, children in disaster preparedness activities;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key requirements for programming in one specialist area: Child Protection in Emergencies, Education in Emergencies or Nutrition for Children in Emergencies.

The credit-rated assessment:

Children in Emergencies is a competency based, assessed course worth 10 Masters level credits that can be transferred to the Masters in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) from Oxford Brookes University or other similar postgraduate qualifications.

Please note there is a 15% additional fee to take the course as credit-rated.

Course Overview:

Registration is from 8.45 am in the first day.  Training each day will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.45 pm.

From the second day, each training day begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Each day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.




Early Bird tickets (10% Discount) are available until 1 month before the course start date, after which standard fees will apply.

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Who should attend?

Relief workers, and those who are new to the sector, wanting to develop child programming skills for humanitarian response and preparedness including:

  • Project and programme managers working with NGOs or UN agencies

  • Sector and technical specialists

  • People working in state agencies in disaster prone countries

  • People looking to move into one of these roles

What is the credit-rated fee for?

All participants will be assessed on the in-class component of the assessment process and provided with feedback.

An additional charge of 15% of course fees applies for those wishing to complete the post-class written assessment.

The additional 15% charge can be paid at the time of the original course booking, or at any subsequent time before submission of the written assignment. Please note that the assessment fee must be paid before RedR can assess and provide feedback on your written assignment.

Payment of the credit-rating fee signals intent to complete the assessment process. The credit-rating fee is charged in line with RedR UK's agreement with Oxford Brookes University and is therefore non-refundable.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 18.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest service is Vauxhall Station (Victoria line), approximately 5 minutes' walk.  Oval or Kennington Stations (Northern Line) are approximately 10 minutes’ walk. Buses 2 /3 / 36 / 44 / 59 /77 / 88 / 159/ 185 / 196/ 322 / 344 stop nearby.   

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next instance of the course. 
-For bookings cancelled one to ten working days* before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 24 hours (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided. 
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.

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Course Overview

Course Length
5 days
£560.00 - £1354.00
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